Like A Local: Ibiza, Spain

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As you plot your next exotic escape, why not consider the isle of Ibiza? Located off the eastern coast of Spain, encircled by the Mediterranean Sea, the Balearic Island boasts breathtaking beaches, a global variety of mouthwatering cuisine and countless recreational offerings. Never mind its rep as a party destination, Ibiza will surprise you with its lesser-known side, encompassing mountain biking, yoga retreats and serene strolls through Old Town. Read on to discover our tips for visiting this magical locale.

Ibiza Town

Where To Stay

Hotel Aguas de Ibiza Lifestyle & Spa

Take your pick of luxury lodgings, including our favorites Hotel Aguas de Ibiza, La Torre del Canonigo and ME Ibiza. Traveling on a budget? Air BnB has you covered with many chic and affordable stays.

What To Eat

La Oliva Restaurant

In short: everything. Ibiza is a melting pot of mouthwatering meals, from Spanish to Mediterranean and Italian. Bookmark La Oliva (located in the main square of UNESCO World Heritage site Dalt Vila) and Sa Finca restaurants for unforgettable dining experiences.

Gelato Galore

Ferretti Gelato E Caffe

Of course, every dinner should be followed by a visit to one of the islands many, many gelato stops.

Castillo de Eivissa

At the top of Castillo de Eivissa.

Dating back to the 12th century, the UNESCO World Heritage site Castillo de Eivissa is a must-see during your Ibiza visit. You'll love the panoramic views, cobblestone pathways and great shops located nearby.

Pedro's Leather Shop

Where To Shop

Pedro's stunning selection of leather belts.

Take advantage of the rich shopping scene, which celebrates local designers and coveted Spanish labels alike. Don't miss artisan Pedro Plannels' eponymous boutique for beautiful handmade leather goods.

Handmade Sandals

Pedro's made-to-order leather sandals.

Pedro is most known for his made-to-order luxury leather sandals. Pop in on the first day of your visit to give him time to custom create a pair.

White Dresses

A white wash of dresses in a Dalt Vila boutique.

The classic Ibiza dresscode consists of a bohemian white lace dress, straw basket bag and espadrille sandals.

Holala! Vintage Clothing

Kate Moss modeling her vintage score. Photo: Courtesy.

Established in 1972, Holala! is comprised of retro gems from all around the world. It's no wonder Kate Moss is a loyal customer.

Nightlife

Club Pacha

If you do decide to explore Ibiza's after-hours scene, be prepared to fist-pump all night long at one of the island's many renowned electronic dance clubs, including Pacha, Privilege and Amnesia.

Formentera

Day Trip To Formentera

A color-blocked view from the ferry bus.

Block out a day to take a quick ferry ride (25 minutes) to Formentera island, where more stunning shores await.

Rent A Bike

Bicycles parked near Formentera port.

Once you dock in Formentera, you can rent a bicycle for eight Euro — or a motorbike if you're feeling adventurous — and peddle your way around island.

Beach Tour

Soaking up cerulean waters at Playa Tanga.

There are too many jaw-dropping beaches to name, but a few to star (pending the day's wind conditions) are Playa Illetas, Playa Tanga and Sa Roqueta. Note that many of these beaches are nudist!

Es Moli de Sal

A table set for one backdropped by an ombre ocean.

After you've worked up an appetite biking and sunbathing, drop by the iconic eatery Es Moli de Sal for delicious Mediterranean fare from pasta to paella, and an incomparable ocean vista.

Return to Ibiza Port just in time for the sunset.

What To Wear